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Alternet: Shockingly, Rand Paul Could be the GOP Nominee and Trouble for the Dems

Young male voters are drawn to Libertarian positions on social issues.

July 12, 2014 | Alternet

In 2008, Barack Obama was the candidate of change, first for Democrats and then the nation. For 2016, those same political stars, to be the agent of change, appear to be lining up behind Rand Paul, Kentucky’s Republican U.S. senator.

Yes, that Rand Paul, who is more accurately labeled as a shrink-the-government Libertarian and has a long history of questionable statements on race. Just as there are signs that Americans are not enthralled by Hillary Clinton’s likely return to the presidential fold (In June, it was Monica Lewinsky; in July, it’s her book), there are signs that Paul is pulling ahead of better-known Republican rivals.

It’s not just that Paul is the clear frontrunner in a new and credible national poll. He has supporters across every key GOP demographic by age and faction, from Tea Partiers to corporate America to the religious right. Younger men, who aren’t likely to vote for Clinton, find his "maverick" personality new and appealing. Similarly, the millennial generation is superficially embracing the Libertarian idea that the government should leave them alone to do as they please. Marijuana laws are one example.

“This guy can win the nomination,” pollster John Zogby said Friday, adding he did not have that view until he took a deeper look at a June 27-29 nationwide survey he conducted. Paul was not only in first place with 20 percent in a crowded field of 10, he had deeper support than “establishment” Republicans. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and ex-Florida Jeb Bush each polled at 13 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had 8 percent, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had 7 percent. Five others had even less support. Other national polls put Paul in the lead, but Zogby has him clearly out front.

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can't understand why anyone

can't understand why anyone trusts this guy just because of his surname.

The test is his position on Israel. If he is less than honest, clear and firm, then he'll be no better than the rest of the power-hungry, scumbag mob.

Straw man

It isn't because of his surname. Your argument is made of straw.

You go on to state "The test" is his position on Israel. Just because you say so? Only one test? Nothing else matters?

I agree that you can't understand.

Is it Thursday yet?

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

keep telling the truth.

And you will get down votes all the time. This site got taken over by the Randbots. But it is fun pissing off the Rand sheeple! All they can come up with is Rand is playing politics!

Stand With TRUE Libertarians
Fire Rand 2016!

And the Democrat's

And the Democrat's "meme-o'-the-day" is now "Elizabeth Warren"...

A long history of

A long history of questionable statements that we cant really tell you anything about.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Race I don't know bigotry yes.

Rand went on Glen Beck and said gay marriage= beastiality, after the doma decision. He also said "does it have to be human to marry?"

A few day later he was on MSMBC saying the Supreme Court made the right call.

Now what is it Rand is my loving relationship equal to screwing a dog or is it cool with you?
I really dont care because what I do in MY BED is NONE of Rand''s damn business! I have a right to live MY LIFE MY WAY, as long as I don't violate the rights of others!

Very UNLIBERTARIAN of Rand to say them things on Glen Beck! He spoke like TRUE Repulican Nazi!

Stand With TRUE Libertarians
Fire Rand 2016!

P.S.

I have more respect for Rick Santourum than Rand I sold my dad out Paul!

At least Rick states he hates gays whatever TV station he's on!

To all Randbots out there.,,

Go ahead downvote me because THE TRUTH HURTS DOESN'T IT. If Rand last name wasn't Paul you would blasting this guy.

Is Rand a Racist? I don't think so.
Is Rand a bigot when it comes to gays? He said some bigoted things but I dont think so!

It just how Rand will flip flop on issues, and suck up too his Nazi Party!

Stand With TRUE Libertarians
Fire Rand 2016!

Its because

we know Rand supported his father in 2012 which means he is playing politics.

yep

It is game to Rand playing politics! Isnt playing politics what is wrong with this country? I think we need more truth telling like Ron Paul and less playing a game like Rand!

Rand Hater

Hate is a vile thing and it takes away your humanity. Rand Paul is not his father, but he is his fathers son and this acorn did not fall too far from the tree. He is the most Liberty minded candidate that we will see in 2016 and if you ARE for Liberty then you would support him. I do not think we will see another Ron Paul in the position to run for the nomination for POTUS, but Rand Paul is very close. You call Rand a Nazi, but you do not stop to realize that Ron Paul had the same type of crap thrown at him. If Rand is so bad for Liberty, why then are all the NEOCONS getting an unheard of early start on bashing him the same as they did Ron Paul? You need to stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about what is best for the Liberty Movement. If not Rand, who are you suggesting? You said Santorum, really? How about Jeb? How about Christie? How about Romney again? As for me, I will take a Liberty minded candidate that has the honor of being raised by the best Liberty candidate we have seen in our lifetimes, Ron Paul.

who do I support for President.

Jesse the body Ventora. Chances are Rand win the Gop nomination. He might win the next President mark my word he is the next Obama. Rand is not what you think. I dont care about myself because I am NOt a slave. I can care less out what Republican or what democrat will be President!

While I think that Rand has

While I think that Rand has some potential, there is no MUST. When we start thinking in those terms, it's the beginning of the end. I think it's perfectly okay not to be a Rand supporter. Each of us are different, with different life experiences. And we each deal with the world in our own way that suit our purposes best. There really is no one way of doing this. We can certainly try to convince others of our own cause, but they must be free to draw their own conclusions. Even if that conclusion is potentially wrong. I think having such an attitude will yield more in the future, even if the beneficial results may take awhile to manifest itself.

Because even if we happen to be right, trying to say that our conclusions are right and the other side is wrong is destined to convince nobody. It only emphasizes division and people clinging even more strongly to their original stance. The way forward is to accept and trust that the other side has used their judgement to the best of their ability and believe in their future decisions. You have to trust their capability of eventually finding the truth. You have to have FAITH. This faith eventually becomes a powerful weapon, capable of uniting those where unity was not possible before.

And it makes for a nice hedge in case we are wrong.

WHAT questionable statements on race???

Rand Paul has never made a racist statement that I've ever heard.

If they are referring to his statement that aspects of the 1964 Civil Rights Act are against personal property rights then they are wrong.

Rand is right.

All instutionalized racism must be illegal of course.

But any privately-owned entity should have the right to be racist if they choose. It's a poor business model and they will pay in the end wben the consumer decides to boycott them.

But in a free society, any non-publically funded entity is absolutely free to be stupid.

It's in the 1st Amendment.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

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...a long history of questionable statements on race

Really?

If you're going to play the race card, don't you actually have to show your hand?

As long as they ignore

these compromised public servants (last word used loosely): http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/rand-paul-foreign-poli...

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul